Working from Home for an Extended Period - What You Need for the Long Haul

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For some of us, working from home is a big transition. You may feel any combination of lonely, isolated, stressed, frustrated, anxious, unmotivated, or -- on the other hand -- relieved, relaxed, energized or productive.

Our latest blog post provides some easy steps to help ease the transition.

1) Set up a dedicated workspace

Designate an area of your home, specifically for getting work done.  This could be an empty or spare bedroom that you convert to a home office. Or if you live in New York City, a closet, corner of a room or hallway. 

Regardless of space or location commit to working in this space every day and leaving at the end of the workday. 

2) Avoid work creep.

The concern many managers have about their employees working from home is that remote workers are really just doing laundry and bingeing Netflix, In reality working from home can be invasive in your personal life because if you are always home and near your work, then it's harder to leave it.  Set "in office" hours and communicate these with both colleagues and family.

Consider using a time tracker to distinguish when you are working and when you are not.

3) Have fun!  Take advantage of opportunities you don’t necessarily have while working in office.

  • Crank up the volume on your favorite music.  Check out Amazon music and Spotify for “WFH playlists”.

  • Dress for success.  When you’re not involved in video conferencing, wear whatever makes you feel good your pajamas, bathing suit, ratty old college sweatshirt – whatever. It doesn’t matter how you look it matters how you feel. 

And don't forget, when you're feeling stressed, take a breath and take a break. The work will be there when you return. 

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